fire and ice
Our hot season is also the off season. Its like the cold winters back east.
Not exactly. When it's really cold out, one can stay warm by dressing appropriately. But when it's 110 degrees outside, the only way to cool off is to go indoors, into an air-conditioned environment. There is no way to cool off outside. This inablility to adapt to one's outside environment with appropriate clothing is an important difference. I understand that one can dress for the heat, (ie, loose, light clothing that shields against the sun,) but in the end, you're still hot as hell!
When I lived in Norway, where Winter is seriously cold and long, my father-in-law told me, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing." I took his advice to heart. Of course, he never lived in Arizona, and his words of wisdom are much less applicable to the desert.
BTW, beautiful collection!